Reverend Daniel P. Coughlin
Date of Prayer: 12/05/2001
Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:
Lord, we seek your blessing upon all the Members
of the House of Representatives and the people of this nation.
Once Abram responded to your call of faith
he was given your promise:
"I will make you into a great nation
I will bless you and make your name
so great that it shall be used in blessings."
You fulfilled your promise to our father in faith
even as now you fulfill your promise in us and
in our time.
Ever since the founding of this nation in faith
You have blessed this land and its people.
As in the past, so now and forever,
we seek your blessing and hope that these United States will be the nation you design;
the place where your promise is fulfilled.
In turbulent times, Lord, do not allow us
to lose our primal focus: It is you who will
make us into a great nation.
In present circumstances of war and economics let us not simply react as if we alone counted, but guide us to wisely respond as a great nation. By your blessing upon us and our daily work make us a great people called to do noble deeds and truly be a blessing upon the world both now and forever. Amen.
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